The Belgian Gaming Commission can now fine or outright ban games that include paid loot box mechanics. Games like Blizzard’s Overwatch, Valve’s Counter Strike, EA’s FIFA and more… Lots more.
After an investigation by the Belgian Gaming Commission on Loot Boxes and their relation to gambling, the commission has reported back that they do indeed find them to be a mechanism for gambling and are subject to Belgium laws on the matter.
Belgium Minister of Justice Koen Geens has taken immediate action in the pursuit for Loot Boxes to be removed from all games sold in the region. If game Publishers do not remove the feature they can face fines of up to $800,000 Euros ($974,000 USD) or the outright banning of their games in the country. The fines can also be doubled if cases are brought against the publisher involving minors.
Belgium follows both South Korea and The Netherlands in legal actions against Loot Boxes based on their qualification as gambling. The United States and United Kingdom on the other hand do not currently see them as so.
This story is long from over in the international space.